Sunday, September 30, 2007
I was in KB Toys looking for a birthday gift for Ezra, a specific one, and found myself looking at this ballpit. We bought Ezra one when he was about 2.5 years old and he adored it. This was on sale for 12.99 and I thought, ok, that’s not bad (it came with the balls also)! I have officially realized that 5 years ago it was MUCH easier to get IN the ballpit… But, you do what you have to do for your kids, so Jesse wants me in there – he gets me in there, out of shape and all!!!
Jesse and Ezra get in there and have fun making the balls pop up like popcorn. The primary colored balls are great, it is helping Jesse learn his colors!!
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Off we go to Wilson, NC today! Jonathon and Ezra stayed home, relaxing and enjoying some guy time and went out to eat with Mimi and Papaw (why do I always miss out on dining out?) As planned, Jesse and I go to Wilson to visit Haleigh (Mike’s daughter) and Renee (Mike’s fiancé). Nicholas (Mike’s son) couldn’t hang out today, he had band competition. I will see him on the next trip up in about 3 weeks. I’ve made a personal commitment to visit each month at least once.
Haleigh and I played ‘Mrs Mary Mack’ and M.A.S.H. – a lot. Things are much different with a girl (I have all boys, remember?). Haleigh is such a deep thinker, and is far more logical then I would have thought. She’s truly unique! I think maybe I shocked her by knowing what Mrs Mary Mack was, and how to play M.A.S.H. We had a great visit! Made it back home by 830pm, and Jesse was wide open for about 30 min when we got in - he missed daddy and brother!
Friday, September 28, 2007
Note to self – watch what you say, toddler is repeating things now…
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
With the new school year, brings a new school! It's 16 miles away - which seems close, but it takes 40 min to get there through city traffic. Even with that, we love the new school, it’s a very small school in the center of a well established community in the South part of the city – most of the homes look to have been there for 20+ years, and the school is very ‘family’ oriented. The man that stands outside and directs carpool traffic LITERALLY knows each kids name. He impressed me with this on the 3rd day of school. Each kid dropped off (I see about 50+ cars daily while I’m there alone) he speaks to, and says their name!
Ezra’s IB class (International Baccalaureate) is learning about Electricity and Magnetism for this part of the quarter. The class is teaching him about how electrically charged particles attract or repel each other, how electrical energy can be converted into ‘power’ heat, light, motion. He’s also learning about magnetism, where he will continue to work in small groups in the IB class to create a compass and other magnet driven items. They’re also focusing on how energy/electricity affects our present lives and comparing to how life was without electricity. I don’t recall ‘changing classes’ in 4th grade, but they do at his school. He leaves his homeroom class for the IB classes – the school is a prospective IB school, so they’re really pushing IB profiles (understanding behavior and character and personality type are part of the profiles) and learning. He’s in a rather large class for this (20+ students) and seems to really love learning about this so far! He tells me all about lightening and how it works!
He is also learning simple algebra this year, along with Spanish. We didn’t have Spanish in 4th grade!! He’s adapting to it quickly and is above grade level on all areas of his academics except for penmanship. We’re going to start some small creative writing exercises at home to bring that to where it needs to be. He just went through some very aggressive testing to see where he stands with his IEP needs, the testing pushes the student to attempt all subjects beginning with lower then grade level problems, and then advancing to upper grade level. Ezra did well, and didn’t become frustrated with the testing.
We also found out this week that with Ezra’s tested reading level, he will be assigned again this year to a community helper job! He will help K5 and 1st graders and their reading. This is something he did last year as well – a few AR students each year who are willing, are assigned to a buddy to help them learn to read. This gives them about 20-30 min of the day to go into either the library or in that students reading group, and sit and tutor them with areas they struggle in. I love this – and it really helps his self-esteem! He enjoys helping others understand and sharing his knowledge. I'll post some more as we move along with school; there's so much going on this year with 4th grade, and so far, we're absolutely impressed with this school !!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
1. I have to post these rules before I give you the facts.
2. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
3. People who are tagged need to write their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules.
4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose people to get tagged and list their names.
5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.
The Very Uninteresting Facts:
1. I’m a Southern Baptist preachers daughter. Growing up, I often felt like I was under the microscope of every parent in our church(s), and often – part of their gossip! As a teen, I did rebel – but nothing like the rumors of the average preacher’s daughter.
2. Richard Petty is actually a relative – a very distant one, but relative none the less. We never hang out, HA.
3. I wear my contacts – ALL the time. Never taking them out unless for the moment of cleaning, or changing them. Why? I’m so nearsighted that if I held a newspaper literally touching my nose I might be able to read it. My glasses are literally as thick as a glass coke bottle. And when I wore them to work once, my boss actually asked me “can you burn ants with those if you hold them in the sunlight?”… so – I wear my contacts thanks.
4. I like liver-mush. There – I said it. Fried please.
5. I have a freckle in my right eye’s iris, just by my pupil.
6. My first car was a VW Beetle – it was green, and had a manual roll-back sunroof, it was a 4 speed with no a/c and a special license plate that said SARAH2-2 (ballet)! I NEVER got to drive it… why? It got wrecked, by my very own brother!!!
7. My parents almost named me Angel Lynn. I’m guessing being a preacher’s kid named Angel, would have had it’s fair amount of teasing… smart move mom/dad – thanks!
8. In the last 36 months …
· I almost lost my husband to a major heart attack and 3-bypass surgery – after a simple stress test proved effective (he had the heart attack during the stress test). He was neither obese, or in poor health. He went on a whim after feeling ‘a little winded’ when helping a friend move. He made it through and 5 months later… we found out we were pregnant! An unplanned and very welcomed miracle. Being a mom is so changing, and wonderful!!
· My step-mother lost her life to a short, unbelievable battle with cancer.
· My oldest brother, a deeply loved best friend, passed away very unexpectedly…. 3 days prior to his passing, I was able to share some of the best birthday news I have EVER had – (my birthday was 1 day prior to his passing) – I was/am free and clear of cervical cancer/displaysia as of that very moment in time.
There is my random 8. Annette L. and Amy V. you have a blog, you’re it!!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
The beautiful weather and wonderful temperatures come along with walks in the neighborhood. Jesse will walk a whole block (about 1/8 of a mile) as long as we let him - he loves to wave at cars going by, and stops to pick a flower or leaf off of any one's plants/bushes at the driveway. It's just so nice to finally have 70-80 degree weather - let's hope it lasts!!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Party at Dad's house for Marianna and Trent, my neice and nephew. This is one big crowd! Can't wait to see how Christmas is at their new house. And to imagine, not all of the family was there. There are also a few pics from Alexis's party (1st birthday), Jesse had a blast - especially with the balloons. Or 'balls' as he calls them. Saturday was a day spent partying :)
Saturday, September 8, 2007
I've been reading a book that a friend sent me 'The Red Sea Rules', in it there are 10 rules to live by that help us through trouble and sorrow. This book was sent to me shortly after my brother, Mike passed away. I'm only at chapter 4 right now, and I've found some peace in reading. I've found that others are giving me inspirational words, and sometimes they're absolutely what I need to hear - at other times though, they seem nothing more then a cliche. I realize they're heartfelt and well wishes of sincerity - and I appreciate every kind word. Life though, is just not the same. I went yesterday to two birthday parties. I enjoyed the morning, went and finished up getting cards for the gifts, got ready to head out for the day - and got in the car to travel to the parties and picked up my phone, only to pause. I couldn't call Mike! I wanted to call him, tell him about my weekend plans as usual. Then my heart felt empty and I suddenly went from being somewhat ok, to the rush of emotion and panic that he's really gone.
I arrived at the first party and had a blast watching a close friend of mine live up the wonder of her daughter's 1st birthday. There were gifts, children running around, laughter and love. These are the things that make every sad thing in the world seem to go away for a moment. Watching the faces of friends and family while Alexis opens her gifts was amazing to me. I've began to look at things differently in the past month - even the birds chirping, or the soft summer breeze on a terribly hot day seem like such a pleasure. Maybe part of my learning how to accept Mike's death comes along with learning to appreciate more of life, Mike always appreciated the little things and had the most patience of anyone I've ever had the pleasure of knowing.
Then, I arrived at the 2nd party - it was at my dad's house for my niece Marianna and nephew Trent. There was an abundance of family as I walked in the door. There was my cousin and his wife and daughter. My uncle, my 5 step sisters - Susan's daughters and Denise's 2 daughters and daughter-in-law, 3 step brothers, 5 nephews and 1 niece. Dad and Denise. I walk in and it's just a house of laughter, fun, conversation, and all kinds of birthday decorations and gifts and food. I was overwhelmed with the sense of family, and at the same very moment that I became overwhelmed and proud - I became deeply saddened. MY brother wasn't there, and his kids. This sort of thing he would have came and enjoyed with his kids. We didn't get together too often as a family in general - usually all major holidays, sometimes on birthdays or large family events, but the times we did were very enjoyable. I missed him right then - I missed him when I watched as my dad has HIS brother there, as Denise's daugthers had THEIR brother there, and as Amanda and Gina had each other. It was a bit selfish of me, but I will admit I will forever be jealous. One of my brothers is forever missing. My heart feels like it's missing a major piece, and the way the world looks to me is never going to be the same. There's a bitter sweet realism of death - life goes on for all who are left behind. But life goes on differently, and I know that I'll never be the same.
The parties were a blast, the kids had so much fun, and they enjoyed them without a worry in the world. One thing I keep reading in the book, is 'God will make a way when there is no way.' While that seems completely unbelievable to me - it's obviously happening, or I wouldn't be able to function. My husband was in a christian music band w/ his brother and 2 of Heather's (his brother's wife) brothers. One of their songs was 'God will make a way when there is no way'. I listen to that song over and over lately - trying to think positively and fully trust that God WILL bring me through this, because that is God's promise in the Bible. That if he brings us to it, he will bring us through it. I'm banking on that promise right now, and it really is the ONLY way I make it through each day lately.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
It's labor day weekend, and we're hanging out at home. Ezra's out of school Monday, Jonathon's off of work, and oddly - so am I (from the work from home job, not the mommy/wife/etc part)... we don't really have plans. If the weather is ok tomorrow we may go up to the lake and feed the ducks and splash around at the water banks. Ezra would be happy just staying home playing with matchbox and hotwheels cars ... he's all about cars right now. Even planning which one he'd like to have when he's a grownup. He agrees that spending more then 20k on a new car is silly.... smart kid so far. I've officially paid all taxes on cars (Mecklenburg County even charges a special 30.00 per vehicle on top of regular county/city taxes), and had registration renewals on cars, and even a state inspection on mine today... which turned out to be an adventure. Since I work for the dealership (have for 7 years now) that's where I go for most things, while there for picking up I had my state inspection and oil changed. I had Jesse w/ me today - Ezra opted to stay home and play. Jesse and I ventured into the showroom where there's a $91.000 Saleen Mustang (yes, seriously) that has a $17,000 paint job - as we were walking (Jesse was walking) Jesse reached and grabbed one of the 'ropes' that was around it... to my dismay the poles the ropes were attached to were NOT attached/bolted into the floor. So the pole came crashing down onto this car, just above the right headlight and put a chip about the size of this: ** on the car. Ok, so this could happen with ANYONE, but it happened with ME!!! Why weren't they bolted down?? Well, all of that was irrelevant at this point, innocent mistake on an 17,000 dollar paint job. The sales manager was very disturbed, and at first thought I was playing a sick joke on him - but I reluctantly told him I was not. I ended up speaking with the owner about it, who eased my tears (yes, I cried - I felt horrible!) and worries by telling me that it could have happened with anyone, even could have been chipped on a test drive. He seemed more understanding then I expected, and made me feel at ease somewhat. But I still feel horrible, I mean - it's just a car - but GEEZ, it's a $91,000 one! Needless to say, after I left, at the end of the day - one of my co-workers called me and told me that they were planning to bolt the poles down - go figure.
Here are two pics of the actual car from our showroom floor (pre-damage of course) - one of them is a pic of the sticker, notice on the right hand side you can read 'paint - $17,000' WHO BUYS THESE THINGS?? Notice the pole in the picture? Well, that's the one that slammed into the car.
On to the importance of modeling and being consistent... Since Jesse was about 5,6 months old I've been trying to introduce sign language; and he's done well with understanding it since about 9-10 months old... actually doing it for me was another lesson in learning all together! He started doing a few things here and there, and from about 12 months forward he's just progressed with signs signs signs! Now, he's saying the words along with signing! Ok, so I'm proud. Indulge me will you? Excuse me being super silly in the video! He's signing 'eat' and saying it - with a strong emphasis on the 't' of eat. He's so funny. His vocabulary is growing so fast!!